Boomkat Product Review:
Saddleback is the solo project of Australian musician Tony Dupé, having spent his formative years playing in indie bands (most notably Glovebox) it's no surprise that many of his indie sensibilities have stayed intact. The album opens with the ebowed lo-fi beauty of 'Seven Miles' which sounds like a windswept Stars of the Lid embellished with Ennio Morricone's horn section, and quite quickly we are drawn into the world of Saddleback, and the artist name comes into it's own. There is a strong leaning towards dusty Americana, albeit through a blurred lens, and this gives the album it's backbone. Ghost Towns, one legged horses, broken bottles of bourbon, hoedowns, gunfights, it's all part of the scenery in 'Everything's a Love Letter'. 'Train South' takes the sound to new heights with the inclusion of some rather melancholy cello over haunting degraded piano, this sounds like it should be accompanying a film, one about loss, about regret, about lifeless villages that were once great. Dupé has here created an ode to the sun-baked landscapes of the Western (or maybe the Outback?) and it works perfectly, coming in somewhere inbetween Calexico, Earth, Fennesz and Low. Utterly gorgeous and highly recommended.